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1 ePublic Health: A CDC perspective Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Informatics Conference April 29, 2014 Office of Public Health Scientific Services Office of the Director

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3 The world of health information is transitioning…

4 …from slower, labor intensive organism identification to rapid, automated whole genome characterization

5 ..from periodic health measurement to real time, integrated electronic data

6 …from a focus on individual health care to population health management

7 …from professional interpretation to informed consumers

8 …from individual, small data to distributed, big data analytics

9 What are the opportunities in emerging informatics trends for Public Health? Decreased manual reporting from traditional data sources to more automated data use and analyses from novel sources Improved interoperability among jurisdictions and data systems More novel partnerships / collaborations to overcome limited public health informatics resources A revolution in analytics, visualization and communication on public health data and information

10 Timely, high quality, actionable data is central to fulfilling the 10 essential functions of public health

11 What are CDC’s priorities?

12 Improve health security at home and around the world Better prevent the leading causes of illness, injury, disability, and death Strengthen public health/ health care collaboration CDC strategic directions Health Care Public Health

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14 CDC’s funding to state and local governments is increasing Source: Tracking Accountability on Government Grants System.

15 CDC staff throughout the world Staff of 1,600+ located in 60+ countries Budget of >$1.7 Billion Broad portfolio of programs CDC HQ CDC staff Global Disease Detection Immunization Influenza Malaria Field Epidemiology Training Programs Global AIDS Program As of January 2014

16 The Office of Public Health Scientific Services

17 Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS)  The primary focus for OPHSS is about putting data and information into the hands of public health decision makers at the right time, right place to take action  Values Science Customer Service Innovative yet practical  OPHSS Office of the Director and Two Centers Center for Surveillance Epidemiology and Laboratory Services National Center for Health Statistics

18 Office of Public Health Scientific Services Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services Division of Epidemiology, Analysis, and Library Services Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development National Center for Health Statistics November, 2013 Division of Vital Statistics Division of Health Care Statistics Division of Health Interview Statistics Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

19 A cross cutting role as Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services, including Surveillance

20 CDC Surveillance Strategy An agency initiative to improve our part of surveillance activities

21 What’s are the challenges with CDCs surveillance efforts? CDC operates, funds or works with > 100 surveillance systems Silos often function, but at a cost  interconnections, interdependencies and efficiencies not realized  local/state health departments with a plethora of systems and requirements HI Policy issues  EHR/Meaningful use Slow adoption of technology advances Interoperability Insufficient workforce with the right skills in right places Have not learned from previous failures, or successes

22 CDC Director’s Charge: Surveillance Strategy The Strategy should lay out a plan to address 4 key issues:  Improve availability and timeliness of surveillance data to CDC programs, STLT agencies, and other stakeholders (public data)  Advance effective use of emerging information technology including electronic health records, mobile technologies, and cloud computing  Identify and amend or retire ineffective or unnecessarily redundant CDC surveillance systems  Maximize the effectiveness of available agency resources devoted to surveillance and the performance and coordination of our surveillance systems.

23 FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations CDC Director to provide report by July 2014 that outlines  Opportunities for consolidating the various data collection systems in CDC including: opportunities and costs advantages and barriers projected timeline to such a consolidated data reporting system, along with recommendations for adoption  Full consideration of a single Web-based data collection information technology platform The CDC Surveillance Strategy will, in part, respond to the Congressional request

24 Surveillance Strategy Development Process Review of previous reports from ASTHO, CSTE, PHII, others Internal Surveillance Strategy Workgroup External input from key stakeholders including ASTHO, CSTE, NACCHO, APHA, APHL and a variety of informatics partners Input, review, discussion with Dr. Frieden and senior agency leaders

25 CDC Surveillance Strategy Goal 1: Enhance the accountability, resource use, workforce and innovation for surveillance at CDC and in support of STLT agencies Goal 2: Accelerate the utilization of emerging tools and approaches to improve the availability, quality, and timeliness of surveillance data Goal 3: Through cross-cutting agency initiatives, improve surveillance by addressing data availability, system usability, redundancies, and incorporation of new information technologies in major systems or activities

26 Goal 1: Enhance the accountability, resource use, workforce and innovation CDC Surveillance Leadership Board Surveillance and Informatics Workforce Plan CDC Health Information Innovation Consortium

27 Goal 2: Accelerate the utilization of emerging tools and approaches to improve the availability, quality, and timeliness of surveillance data Enhance HIT policy engagements Vendor Forum Innovative informatics project funding

28 Goal 3. Improve surveillance through cross-cutting initiatives Modernize National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System BioSense Enhancement Initiative Accelerate Electronic Laboratory Reporting Accelerate Electronic Mortality Reporting

29 Success on the surveillance strategy will… At CDC, improve  CDC leaders engagement on cross cutting surveillance issues  national policy effectiveness  new informatics and technology adoption  strategic relationships with vendors  cross-cutting platforms or data streams, especially healthcare For STLT agencies,  reduce the burden on STLT health agencies  increase the range of data and tools for local public health decision makers Set the stage for strengthening, consolidating and improving our surveillance activities and systems

30 This Conference is a spring board toward more success in the field of public health informatics Learn a lot Ask questions, challenge Contribute Network Feedback Stay involved We are glad you are here and have a terrific time in Atlanta!

31 CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People


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